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Bruno Junqueira will be joined by a new rookie driver in Felipe Guimaraes as A1 Team Brasil heads to Mexico City for round eight of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
After making his comeback for the team at the last race in Durban, scoring points in the feature race, Bruno Junqueira will continue main driver duties for Team Brasil in Mexico. The Mexican circuit is well known to Bruno, who has raced there five times previously, finishing on the podium on four occasions and scoring two pole positions.
Felipe Guimaraes is recognised as one of Brasil's brightest young talents. He began his career in karting and made his single-seater race car debut just last year in the South American Formula Three Championship. The 16-year-old made an instant impression, scoring a pole position, two race wins and six further podium finishes in his first year of competition.
The first Mexican round of A1GP was held at the Monterrey circuit in 2006, but moved to Mexico City last season. The 4.4km track has a bumpy surface and, combined with the high altitude at the venue, which lies 2,285 metres above sea level, provides challenging conditions for the team and drivers.
Bruno Junqueira said: "I know the track at Mexico City really well and have had some good results there so I am definitely looking forward to racing there again with A1GP. Last year we qualified well there and we showed how competitive we are this year at the last race in Durban. The team and car is much better but unfortunately in Durban the races did not go well although we showed our speed. We are competitive now and we should be aiming for podium finishes in Mexico."
Felipe Guimares commented: "It will be a very good experience for me, I am very happy about this test and to work with Emerson Fittipaldi. I hope to learn a lot. I will give my best, to learn everything as quickly as possible, and to have a good performance on track."
A1 Team Brazil
|A1 Team Brazil|
|11 Apr '09||Beatriz doing fine after heavy crash|
|10 Apr '09||Bamber sets early pace, Beatriz crashes|
|26 Jan '09||USA penalised in Feature race|
|27 Jun '08||Brazilian President backs plans for A1GP in South America|
|4 Mar||Bruno Junqueira and the lost seat|
|24 May '11||Junqueira removed as Hunter-Reay returns|
|5 Apr '11||Junqueira joins A.J. Foyt for Indy 500|
|24 May '10||Kanaan in, Tracy out of Indy 500|
|4 Aug '10||Guimarães handed 10-place drop for Christensen shunt|
|8 Mar '08||Guimaraes joins Junqueira in Mexico at Team Brazil|
|27 Apr '12||A1GP set for revival|
|30 Apr '10||Carroll to join Andretti in second half of season|
|22 Mar '10||Doornbos and Karthikeyan confirmed in Superleague|
|18 Mar '10||Indian Sureshwaren signs for first F2 season|